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Television pioneer Ted Koplar dies at 77

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A local television pioneer has died. Edward J. “Ted” Koplar passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family April 4, 2021.

Koplar grew St. Louis-based KPLR-TV into one of the most successful independent television stations in the country.

In a career filled with accomplishments, Koplar also launched Voltron, an animated TV sensation that swept the nation, and pioneered a revolutionary technology that made television interactive. Ted Koplar was 77.

Watch KPLR News at 4:00 pm for a report.

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This statement was issued by Koplar Communications:

Launching his broadcast career with family-owned KPLR-TV, Koplar worked behind the scenes producing sports programming and other shows. He developed the station’s first regular newscast, which became the No. 1 independent television newscast in the U.S. within three years of launching.

Identifying and cultivating local talent was a passion for Koplar. In addition to assembling memorable news, weather and sports reporters, he brought together some of the region’s best singers and dancers. Koplar founded Team 11 as a station-sponsored teenage dance group that performed at local events and in area high schools and served as positive role models for children and young adults. Several of Team 11’s stars went on to enjoy great success on local and national stages.

Koplar met the love of his life, Nancy Scanlon, when she appeared on the “Harry Fender Show” broadcast out of the Steeplechase Room of the Chase Park Plaza in 1973. He asked the producer for an introduction, they talked the rest of the evening in the lobby of the Chase, and he knew right away she was the woman he wanted to marry. After

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